Stade Lavallois

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Stade Lavallois
Stade Lavallois Logo.svg
Full nameStade Lavallois Mayenne
Football Club
Nickname(s)Les Tango [1]
Founded17 July 1902;120 years ago (17 July 1902)
Ground Stade Francis Le Basser
Capacity18,739
ChairmanLaurent Lairy
Manager Olivier Frapolli
League Ligue 2
2021–22 Championnat National, 1st of 18 (promoted)
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Stade Lavallois Mayenne Football Club (French pronunciation:  [stɑd lavalwa majɛn] ), also referred to as Stade Laval or simply Laval, is a French association football club based in Laval in western France. The club was formed on 17 July 1902 and currently plays in Ligue 2, the second level of French football. Laval plays its home matches at the Stade Francis Le Basser located in the city.

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History

The club was founded in 1902 by Joseph Gemain, a passionate supporter of the sport of football. [2] Émile Sinoir was installed as the club's first president. At that time, players were supplied with red tops and black shorts and matches were played at Senelle, a district of Laval. Laval's first official match was against nearby Rennes. [3] In 1903, the club participated in the Breton championship for the first time, and the red and black strip was changed for a green and white combination. In 1918, the kit colour was changed again, to a bright orange strip. In 1930, the club began playing at the Stade Jean Yvinec, named in honour of a former player who died at the age of 26. [4] By 1931, Laval had risen to the Division d'Honneur, the sixth level of French football. [4] The club continued to rotate between the amateur leagues before finally winning the Division d'Honneur in 1964, which propelled the club to the Championnat de France amateur, France's highest division of amateur football. [4]

The following season, Laval surprisingly won the league in its debut season. With the club heightening its ambitions, new aspirations came about and Laval named former club player and Breton Michel Le Milinaire manager. [4] The president was Henri Bisson. Together, the two made Laval into one of the best clubs in France. In 1976, Laval reached the top division of French football, thus becoming a professional team for the first time in the club's history. [4] Despite being classed as outsiders, the club managed to stay in the top-flight division, even qualifying for the UEFA Cup in 1983 after finishing a commendable fifth in the league. In Laval's first season in Europe, it knocked Dynamo Kyiv out of the competition, before being knocked out by Austria Wien. [4] This would prove to be the club's only European experience. In 1989, the club was relegated to the second division, after 13 years in the elite division. [4] In 2005, Laval became a SASP (Société Anonyme Sportive Professionnelle), roughly equivalent to going on the stock exchange. In the 2005–06 season, the club was relegated to the Championnat National. Laval remained in the third division for two seasons before managing promotion back to Ligue 2 after the 2008–09 season. [4]

In the 2021–22 season, Laval achieved promotion to Ligue 2 by winning the Championnat National. [5] [6]

Honours

  • Champions (1): 1963–64 [7]
  • Champions (1): 1983–84 [8]

Current squad

As of 29 July 2022. [9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of France.svg  FRA Maxime Hautbois
2 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Kévin Perrot
3 DF Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  CGO Marvin Baudry
4 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Jimmy Roye
5 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Julien Maggiotti (on loan from Charleroi)
6 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Sam Sanna (on loan from Toulouse)
7 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Bryan Gonçalves
8 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Kevin Tapoko
9 FW Flag of Guadeloupe (local).svg  GLP Geoffray Durbant
10 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Ryan Ferhaoui
11 FW Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Kader N'Chobi
12 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Yasser Baldé
14 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA François-Xavier Tamuzo
15 DF Flag of Senegal.svg  SEN Elhadji Pape Diaw (on loan from Rukh Lviv)
16 GK Flag of France.svg  FRA Alexis Sauvage
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Rémy Duterte
20 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Sébastien Da Silva
21 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Steven Nsimba
22 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Pierrick Cros
23 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Yohan Tavares
24 FW Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Zakaria Naidji
25 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Edson Seidou
26 DF Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Hamza Mouali (on loan from Paradou AC)
27 MF Flag of Benin.svg  BEN Jordan Adéoti
28 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Antonin Bobichon
29 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Dembo Sylla
33 FW Flag of Senegal.svg  SEN Junior Armando Mendes
39 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Anthony Gonçalves
40 GK Flag of France.svg  FRA Théo Chatelain

Notable players

Below are the notable former players who have represented Laval in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1902.

For a complete list of Stade Laval players, see Category:Stade Lavallois players .

Managers

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References

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  2. "Chapitre 1: Les origines (1902-1945) | Passion-Tango.fr". 2 May 2015. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  3. "Stade rennais : Un match de football". ouest-france.fr. 10 November 1902.
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  5. "Stade Laval promoted to Ligue 2". Get French Football News. 2 May 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  6. 1 2 "Laval sacré champion de National, bataille entre Annecy et Villefranche pour la montée directe" [Laval crowned champion of the National, battle between Annecy and Villefranche for direct promotion]. RMC Sport (in French). 6 May 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
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  8. Ruffat, Thierry (10 December 2019). "100 % Stade lavallois : la victoire en Coupe Gambardella en 1984". francebleu.fr.
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  10. France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs
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